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Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

The tea party movement is mixing a strange political brew in famously independent New Hampshire, complicating the first-in-the-nation primary strategy for the growing number of potential Republican presidential hopefuls. Tea party activists have made significant inroads in a state that typically prefers GOP moderates and establishment candidates when choosing White House nominees. The grass-roots movement […]

A gun is your best ticket to the Texas State House

A gun is your best ticket to the Texas State House

Security is newly tightened at the Texas Capitol, but plenty of gun-toting visitors can breeze right through. Concealed handgun license holders walk through a special lane marked “CHL Access” around, and not through, the metal detectors put in place last year after a man fired shots outside the statehouse. Schoolchildren and tourists, meanwhile, have to […]

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of programs across the face of government Friday night in a $61 billion savings package toughened at the last minute at the demand of tea party-backed conservatives. From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were left untouched — and some were eliminated — […]

Ron Paul wins CPAC conservative straw poll (again)

Ron Paul wins CPAC conservative straw poll (again)

Texas congressman Ron Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the second straight year Saturday and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second. Paul got 30 percent, while Romney got 23 percent of the votes of those attending the conference in Washington. Others were grouped far behind. Former New Mexico […]

Is Mubarak’s outster a win for Democracy?

Is Mubarak’s outster a win for Democracy?

Western leaders hailed the toppling of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as a historic victory for people power and democracy, while China, Russia and Saudi Arabia called for stability on Saturday. Messages of congratulation to the Egyptian people flooded in after Mubarak handed over power to senior army officers following 18 days of mounting protests against […]

Egyptians hopeful over an uncertain future

Egyptians hopeful over an uncertain future

Egyptian protesters jubilant over their success in ousting President Hosni Mubarak vowed Saturday to stay camped in a central Cairo square until they are confident the military will meet their demands for democracy. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces banned ex-regime officials from traveling abroad and relaxed a nighttime curfew, according to officials and […]

Mubarak steps down; Military takes control of Egypt

Mubarak steps down; Military takes control of Egypt

“The people ousted the regime,” rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak’s main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital. The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country danced, chanted “goodbye, goodbye,” and […]

Muburak’s slight of hand fails to appease angry Eqyptians

Muburak’s slight of hand fails to appease angry Eqyptians

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president Thursday, remaining president and ensuring regime control over the reform process. Stunned protesters in central Cairo who demand his ouster waved their shoes in contempt and shouted, “Leave, leave, leave.” The rapidly moving events raised […]

Obama pushes wi-fi

Obama pushes wi-fi

President Barack Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services. He’s promoting that plan in a small city in Michigan that’s becoming a model for how the Internet can bring prosperity to far-flung places. Obama on Thursday heads to Marquette, Mich., a university and tourism town of 20,000 overlooking Lake Superior […]

Patriot Act vote defeat catches GOP leaders off guard

Patriot Act vote defeat catches GOP leaders off guard

The clout of tea party advocates and other hard-line conservatives in Congress has caught top Republicans by surprise, raising questions about whether GOP leaders can impose enough discipline in their House majority to pass tough measures, such as raising the debt ceiling. Within 24 hours this week, House Speaker John Boehner’s team had to pull […]